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How Feng Shui Affects Our Spiritual Lifestyle
 Ideas taken from the book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

Definition: Feng Shui is Ancient Chinese philosophy, which believes that the positioning and
physical characteristics of a home affect the fortunes of the owner.

Clutter is stuck energy that has far-reaching effects in us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The simple act of clearing clutter can transform your life by releasing negative emotions, generating energy, and allowing you to create space in your life for the things you want to achieve.

As well, most people would agree that it is more calming to be in a room where everything has order and is pleasingly organized to the eye. When there is less clutter, we have more time, energy and focus for more important spiritual activities.

There are four categories of clutter:

  • Things you do not use or love
  • Things that are untidy or disorganized
  • Too many things in too small a space
  • Anything unfinished

You are connected to everything you own by fine strands of energy. When your home is filled with things you love or use well it becomes and incredible source of support and nourishment for you. Clutter on the other hand, drags your energy down, and the longer you keep it, the more it will affect you. When you get rid of everything that has no real meaning or significance for you, you literally feel lighter in body, mind and spirit.

Our paradigm is strongly influential in shaping the development of the way we now live and has created our surroundings. When we change our paradigm to incorporate these ideas for clearing our clutter, we feel a tremendous relief. We feel more clear about many things and can easier focus on our spiritual goals. Our life becomes easier and more simplified. We begin to appreciate the things we have and we are no longer on an endless journey of accumulation of material possessions. When we are surrounded only by things we love or really need, we will have a more peaceful energy surrounding our lives.

How clutter affects you:

Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Tired and Lethargic
Most people who have clutter say they can't find the energy to begin to clear it. They constantly feel tired. But the stagnant energy that stacks up around clutter actually causes tiredness and lethargy. Clearing it frees up the energy in your home and releases new vitality in your body.

Having Clutter can Keep You in the Past
When all your available space is filled with clutter, there is no room for anything new to come into your life. Your thoughts tend to dwell in the past, and you feel bogged down with problems that have dogged you for some time. Clearing your clutter allows you to begin to deal with your problems and move forward. You have to release the past to create a better tomorrow.

Having Clutter Can Affect Your Body Weight
A curious fact I have noticed over the years is that people who have lots of clutter in their homes are often overweight. I believe this is because both body fat and clutter are forms of self-protection. By building layers of fat or clutter around yourself, you hope to cushion yourself against the shocks of life, and particularly against emotions you have difficulty handling. It gives you the illusion of being able to control things and prevent them from affecting you too deeply. But this is an illusion.

Having Clutter Can Confuse You
When you live surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in your life. When you clear it, you get fewer colds, you can think more clearly, and life decisions become easier. Being clear of clutter is one of the greatest aids I know to discovering and manifesting the life you want.

Having Clutter Can Affect the Way People Treat You
People treat you the way you treat yourself. So if you value yourself and look after yourself, people will treat you well. If you allow the junk to mount up around you, you may attract people who mistreat you in some way because subconsciously you will feel that it is what you deserve.

Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Ashamed
Perhaps you have reached the stage where your home is so cluttered and such a mess that you are ashamed to invite people over and positively panic if anyone turns up unannounced. You can live in lonely isolation with your junk, but wouldn't you prefer to have a good clear-out, repair your self-esteem, and regenerate your social life with confidence?

Things you can do:

First begin in a small section of your home. Maybe even a small tabletop or shelf you know would look better if it were more organized. Then continue by deeply reflecting on each of your possessions, doing the clutter test below.

The clutter Test

  1. Does it lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?

  2. Do I absolutely love it?

  3. Is it genuinely useful?

If the answer is not a resounding yes to question 1, and and equally resounding yes to either question 2 or 3, then what is it doing in your life?

You can make different boxes and sort your items depending on their destination as follows:

  • Trash and recycling

  • Gifting

  • Things to return

  • Things to sell

  • Repairing altering, renovation, etc.

Giving your unwanted or no longer used items to a good will of your choice is a great way to clear your clutter and help others. You can also hold a garage sale or post signs around your neighborhood for larger more expensive items that no longer serve you. Soon you'll get more pleasure from getting rid of old things than buying new things. In this society of "more is better", we have been conditioned into having a insatiable desire for accumulation. That these beautiful possessions are what brings us happiness. And some things really do give us pleasure and happiness. But as we begin to simplify our lives, we create more energy and space for more meaningful activities and real happiness.

For more tips and direction on clearing your clutter, get one of the great Feng Shui books on the market. We recommend Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston.

Peace,

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